• Stellaria holostea | Greater stitchwort

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by in Wildflowers

    Stitchwort – a tiny white flower

    This tiny white flower with pretty orange anthers is common in Sussex, to the extent that I wasn’t going to photograph it until my daughter insisted. The flowers are about 2cm across, and we found the one photographed below in an open area, growing alongside a concreted footpath.

    Stellaria holostea, greater stitchwort

    Stellaria holostea, greater stitchwort, white, photographed June 2013 on Seaford Head


    ashburnham wildflowers stitchwort

    Stellaria holostea, greater stitchwort, white, photographed March 2014 in Ashburnham near Battle

    Stitchwort wildflowers in art

    The image below is from a book illustrated by Walter Crane entitled “A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs”,  and shows an interpretation of stitchwort “The stitchwort looked up with a sigh at batchelors buttons unsewn.” [Batchelors buttons are nowadays known as cornflowers].
    stitchwort by walter crane